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In Celebration of a Dog’s Life Well Lived

Words can’t express how grateful I am for all the support I have received these past six weeks. It’s so comforting to be surrounded by an army of dog lovers that speak the same language and just get it. I’ve found great healing when reading all the heartfelt comments on my tribute to Sanchez and in personal emails and Facebook posts.Thank you!

Today would have been Sanchez’s 14th birthday. While I had been hoping to be partying with him, I am instead honoring him by celebrating his life. It was one well lived. Continue reading

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In Memory of Sanchez, My Muse and Our Mascot

Sanchez entered my home and my heart at 4-months-old. He was a puppy in training from Guide Dogs for the Blind, and I was a volunteer puppy raiser. He came pretty close to passing all the guide dog phases. But, when he didn’t, I was happy to adopt him. I promised him the best life a dog could have, and that he had. What I didn’t know then was what a great life he was going to give me, and many others. He was to be of great service, but not in the way that was planned by his guide dog breeding and training. Continue reading

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5 Reasons My 13-Year-Old Dog Still Has Full Hearing Range

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I grew up with a rather excitable Cocker Spaniel named Doodle. When I started playing the piano at age seven, she’d come lay by my pedal foot and fall asleep. Even in her senior years when deaf, as soon as I started playing the piano, Doodle would come from any part of the house and lay down near the piano. She must have loved the vibrations. Later on, my Golden, Byron (R.I.P.), also lost most of his hearing in his senior years. Since most of my friend’s senior dogs also went partially or fully deaf, I just thought that was normal. Continue reading

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Feeling Guilty While Caring for My Senior Dog

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My 13 and 1/2 year old Lab, Sanchez, has been recovering from an E. Coli infection. It was touch and go for awhile. While I was waiting for lab results back after a few weeks of treatment, I didn’t know whether he just needed a diet change or if it was our final days together. I was on a complete emotional roller coaster. Continue reading

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Tail Waggin’ Dog Agility (with video)

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My agility addiction started so innocently.

Years ago, when Sanchez was career changed from Guide Dogs for the Blind, I knew I needed to find a job for him. I just thought agility would be a fun activity to enjoy together. I never imagined Continue reading

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Do You Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday or Gotcha Day?

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According to a study by the Purina Pet Institute, 43 percent of dog owners celebrate birthdays, while 29 percent celebrate their cat’s birthdays.

And, according to Nationwide Pet Insurance, $50 billion a year is spent on gifts for our pets. Wow!

In contrast, an article in Psychology Today by Stanley Coren, PhD, referred to an online survey by Kelton Research. Of 1,000 people tested,

81 percent of dog parents know their pets’ birthdays Continue reading

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5 Stress Busting Tips for Dogs During The Holidays (with video)

December is my most stressful month of the year, and I’m not even much of a holiday shopper. Regardless, traffic intensifies, crowds expand, my workload increases, and my patience decreases.

The holiday season can be equally—if not more—stressful for our dogs. In addition to feeling the stress of their humans, holidays are also usually filled with changes to their daily routines and unfamiliar visitors, which can create anxious, stressed out dogs. Continue reading

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6 Loving Ways To Comfort Your Senior Dog

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Now that Sanchez is 12-years-old and showing signs of slowing down, I think often about ways to comfort him. While I’m very blessed that he is in good health, it’s not unusual for senior dogs to lose memory, eyesight and experience hearing loss. Dogs also can experience some changes in behavior as they mature.
Serious behavior changes like resource guarding and separation anxiety developed later in life for him. I have heard from many people with senior dogs that get restless and agitated at night-time, yet they calmly sleep all day. It’s easy to feel helpless watching their discomfort, yet there are many simple things we can do to help. Continue reading

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10,000 Facebook Fans Rock… Calmly!

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I am so grateful to connect with 10,000+ dog lovin’, sound aware Facebook fans. I love hearing all about your dogs through this virtual space. And even better when I meet fans IRL (In Real Life). That happened last week, and it was all about a dog, actually this time …
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How Could My Puppy Be 12-Years-Old Already?

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We’ve been partying all week because my beloved Sanchez is 12 years old today, May 17. Yipee!!!

While all of the years went by too fast, I’m learning to cherish every moment. Sanchez is teaching me to be more patient, forgiving, and present. These are lessons not always so easy for me. Yet, he has the patience of a saint and is the world’s best teacher. And I am a crazy pet parent that would do anything to make his life more comfortable. Continue reading

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Music to Comfort Senior Dogs? Tenderly!

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Like many dog lovers, I have a very tender place in my heart for senior dogs. When I first began working on the initial Through a Dog’s Ear project, I had a thirteen-year-old Golden Retriever named Byron. Only one year later, his memorial picture was on the piano as I recorded the first compositions. Byron was such a loving inspiration for me.

Shortly after he passed, I became a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind and fell in love with Continue reading

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My Dog is Everything I Never Wanted!

Gina is three years old today! She’s now been a party of my canine family for a little over half of her life. I adopted Gina when she was 16 months old. Looking back Continue reading

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Do you Celebrate your Dog’s Birthday?

I’ve always celebrated all of my dog’s birthdays and remember them all to this day. No big birthday cake, but I always do something special to honor the occasion. It usually involves Continue reading

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While the 49ers and Giants were in overtime Sunday night, the greatest interception of all time happened in my own living room, when I was playing retrieve with Gina. I was upstairs in my loft …. Continue reading

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Advice from a Dog

After reading “Advice from a Dog” on a beautiful card by Ilan Shamir of Your True Nature, I started thinking about everything my dogs have taught me. I have two “career change” dogs from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Sanchez is an 8-year-old Yellow Lab. If Sanchez had a tag line… Continue reading

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Gina’s First Agility Trial

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When I adopted Gina last October, I was told that she had a very strong work ethic, combined with an extremely high drive and desire to please. Combining those ingredients can often translate into a terrific agility dog. Sanchez was … Continue reading

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In Memory of a Remarkable Guide Dog

As a former puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the owner of two career change guide dogs, Sanchez and Gina, the story of Roselle captured my attention and my heart. Michael Hingson was working in his office … Continue reading

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Happy 2nd Birthday Gina!

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You know the feeling… you meet a dog that needs a home and your gut just tells you that she belongs with you. Her forever home has just been found. That’s how I felt when I met Gina a little … Continue reading

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Happy 8th Birthday Sanchez! Save $8 for 8 Days!

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My first day with Sanchez! It’s May 17th and Sanchez is eight years old today. He was just a puppy yesterday, so I’m not sure how that happened. Truth be told, he is really responsible for starting Through a Dog’s … Continue reading

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I Have a Dream….

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Puppy dreaming to Music to Calm your Canine Companion It is Martin Luther King Day, and I woke up this morning thinking about his “I have a dream” speech. It inspired me to think about my real life dreams… I … Continue reading

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It’s National Assistance Dog Week

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Photo courtesy of AssistanceDogWeek.org National Assistance Dog Week (NADW) is August 8 – 14. The goals are to: Recognize and honor hardworking assistance dogs Raise awareness of assistance dogs Educate the public about the work these specially trained animals perform … Continue reading

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It’s Sanchez’s 7th Birthday and You Save $7!

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It’s May 17 and Sanchez is seven years old today. He was just a puppy yesterday, so I’m not sure how that happened. Truth be told, he is really responsible for starting Through a Dog’s Ear.  The picture on the … Continue reading

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How Changing from PC to Mac made my Dog a Better Retriever

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A PC computer crash (again) inspired me to unexpectedly buy my first Mac. Well, that and enormous influence from my business partners and friends that are Mac fans. It’s been a very welcome change and much more significant in my … Continue reading

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Is Temperament all about Breeding?

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Last night we experienced heavy rain and the loudest thunderstorms of my life. Since I grew up in Syracuse, NY, where summertime thunderstorms were plentiful, that’s saying a lot. The loud booming … Continue reading

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